Friday, 20 December 2013

Labour Is Hoping You Forget ...

Labour wants to get back into Government in eighteen months, yet the sum total of their plan seems to be a single promise to temporarily freeze energy bills. As always, if it sounds too good to be true, it is: the energy companies would simply hike up prices before and after the freeze and Labour could do nothing to stop them.

But even worse is what this promise says about Labour.

They honestly believe that they can walk back into Downing Street with a giveaway here, a gimmick there, but no credible economic strategy. Do you know why Ed Miliband suddenly wants to talk about the cost of living?

Because they’ve lost the bigger economic argument. Where are the million lost jobs they predicted? Or the flatlining GDP? Where is the double-dip recession that never happened? Or - as David Blunkett warned - the post-Soviet meltdown?

Plan A hasn’t failed, it’s working. And the truth is that healthy household budgets flow directly from a healthy economy. The two go hand in hand. The Labour Party can carrying on lecturing us all on fairness, but you cannot magically create a fairer society without bothering to build a stronger economy.

So don’t be fooled again: you cannot afford Labour. Let loose in government on their own they would wreck the recovery – costing jobs, driving up interest rates and undermining the growth needed to cut tax bills and fund public services. They cannot be allowed to undo all of the sacrifices that have been made and everything that has been achieved – the British people would pay the price.